Gymnast Simone Biles Graces Vogue Cover and Discussing Overcoming Abuse
The four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles made her debut as a Vogue cover star and discussed her uneasy road to becoming an iconic athlete at only 23-years-old.
Biles is a survivor of former Doctor of the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, Larry Nassar’s abuse and she also talked candidly about the impact it had on her mental health.
“I was very depressed,” Biles said. “At one point I slept so much because, for me, it was the closest thing to death without harming myself. It was an escape from all of my thoughts, from the world, from what I was dealing with. It was a really dark time.”
She also shared how she has been able to recover from this tragic experience she faced. Currently, Biles isa plaintiff in the sex abuse lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Overall she hopes that her story will help other young women in similar dangerous situations.
Much heartbreaks she recently faced were breaking up with her boyfriend of three years and learning that she had to wait another year to compete in the olympics because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I felt kind of torn and broken.” Biles said. “Obviously it was the right decision, but to have it finalized — in a way, you feel defeated because you’ve worked so hard.”
Although Biles has to wait an extra year and she had to take a break from training due to gym closures, she is still looking forward to competing again.